Smarter and more efficient
We are surrounded by electrical equipment but we are always on the lookout for new devices that will lighten the burden of our domestic chores and make life easier. The temptation is even greater today, with the emergence of appliances that are smart, interconnected and energy efficient. We may have twice as many electrical appliances as we had 15 or 20 years ago, and yet our electricity bills are lower.
Huge progress has been made in recent years in the development and manufacture of appliances and equipment that consume much less energy than was the case when energy saving wasn’t a pressing issue. Today’s appliances often consume less than half of the electricity they would have used in the past, despite the new products’ many added features.
Major benefit for the consumer
Improving the energy efficiency of household appliances and equipment saves money, reduces emissions and can also improve productivity. Many countries have developed, or are developing, strategies for energy savings and emissions reduction from appliances and are passing legislation to that effect.
Energy efficiency through IEC standards...
Standards can serve as the basis for regulations and legislation in the energy efficiency field. The IEC has a whole catalogue of International Standards that deal not only with safety requirements for appliances and equipment, but also provide metrics and testing specifications to achieve optimum energy consumption.
Manufacturers of appliances and equipment for domestic use can rely on IEC International Standards to develop state-of-the-art products that meet the strictest safety and energy-efficiency requirements. Going a step further, they can rely on the IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, to have their products tested and certified.
IECEE has been testing and certifying appliances and equipment for many years, focusing on product safety and, when the standards require it, also providing services covering aspects of performance. Now, in response to industry demand, IECEE has introduced a new product category for energy efficiency.
New IECEE service
IECEE has identified a number of IEC International Standards for a variety of appliances – from refrigerators, washing machines and tumble dryers to vacuum cleaners, irons, coffee makers, fans and microwave ovens, to name but a few – that will serve as a basis for testing the products’ energy efficiency performance.
This service will provide a Test Report issued by a IECEE CBTL (Certification Body Testing Laboratory) and validated by a STR (Statement of Test Result) that is issued by an IECEE NCB (National Certification Body). It can be used either as a stand-alone or as a combined safety and energy efficiency/performance service where the Test Report and the STR are included in the CB Test Certificate or the FCS (Full Certification Scheme) Certificate that is issued by the IECEE NCB.
About IECEE Schemes
IECEE facilitates access to market
A CB Test Certificate is a global passport that allows products to be accepted in all IECEE member countries. It is so well known that global acceptance is a reality, even in countries that are not part of the IECEE community. “One test, one international certificate” opens the doors of the global market.
The IECEE CB Scheme provides the assurance that tested and certified products meet the strictest levels of safety, reliability and performance in compliance with the relevant IEC International Standards. It helps reduce costs and time to market, eliminates duplicate or multiple testing and offers a high level of confidence for manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike.
The CB-FCS Scheme for Mutual Recognition of Conformity Assessment Certificates for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components is an extension of the IECEE CB Scheme in that it also includes factory audits and inspections. It goes far beyond product testing and includes a complete quality system and surveillance methods at the factory that manufactures a certified product. This is interesting for manufacturers who need to provide proof that products manufactured in a given factory offer a consistent level of quality over time.